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INFO6028 - Practical IT for Business

Title:Practical IT for Business
Long Title:Practical IT for Business
Module Code:INFO6028
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Information Systems
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Claire OSullivan Rochford
Module Description: This module introduces students to database technology concepts and relational database design. It also includes the practical lab application of MS Access and Excel software and the integration of spreadsheet and database data.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain how database technologies can be used to support decision making in business.
LO2 Explain and evaluate the relational database model.
LO3 Identify and outline current trends in database technologies.
LO4 Design and implement relational databases using MS Access.
LO5 Complete a lab project that integrates spreadsheet and database software.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Introduction to Information Technology (INFO6014), Information Technology 2.1 or equivalent.
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Database Environment
Introduction to Database Management Systems; Advantages of DBMS; Types of database design systems; The Relational Database Model and its properties.
Database Technologies
Data Warehousing; Data Marts; Data Mining; quality and value of data; Practical examples of where database technologies are applied. Data Protection Act and its implications for business.
Creating Databases (using Access)
Database concepts; design, creation and update of a relational database; referential integrity; use of input forms; reports; queries; calculations; graphics; hyperlinks; macros.
Advanced Excel
Excel financial PMT; What If Analysis; data tables; scenarios; importing and exporting data.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Access Lab Exam. Individual lab assessment within class time to include: Part 1 - Creation of an Input Form, a Report with calculations and SQL Queries (with criteria) from an existing database file. Part 2 - Design a 3 table database and create linking relationships with referential integrity. 4 30.0 Week 9
Practical/Skills Evaluation Design an individual Access project with project aims. Design and create a relational database with specific Table structures, Input Forms for data entry, Reports and Query capabilities. Apply importing and integration of data from Excel to Access; use of Mail Merge; Macro buttons; Password Security. 4,5 30.0 Week 12
Multiple Choice Questions The purpose of this assessment is to examine the theoretical element of the module using a multiple choice question format. Questions will be asked from each of the theory topics covered in the module. 1,2,3 40.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentation of Theory 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Computer Lab Session 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed Study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentation of Theory 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Computer Lab Session 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed Study 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Kroenke, D., Auer D., Scott L, Yoder, R. 2020, Database Concepts, 9th Ed., Pearson Western Washington University [ISBN: 9780135188149]
  • Laudon K. & Laudon J. 2020, Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm, 16th Ed., 6 & 12, Pearson New York [ISBN: 978013519264]
  • Gaskin S. & Graviett N. 2016, GO! with Microsoft Access 2016 Comprehensive, 1st Ed., Pearson [ISBN: 9780134443935]
  • Dillon A. 2014, Step by Step Databases, 3rd Ed., Macmillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717160433]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Connolly T, Begg C. 2015, Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Database Design, Implementation & Management, 6th Ed., 29, 30,31,33, Pearson Paisley [ISBN: 978013519264]
  • Shellman M. & Vodnik S. 2016, New Perspectives Microsoft Office 365 & Access 2016, Loose-leaf Version: Comprehensive, 1st Ed., Cengage Stamford CT [ISBN: 9781337251457]
  • Mott J.& Rendall I. 2008, Database Projects in Access for Advanced Level, 3rd Ed., Hodder Education London [ISBN: 9780340929254]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BBUSS_7 Bachelor of Business 4 Group Elective 1
CR_BBUSS_6 Higher Certificate in Business 4 Elective

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